Nauru - The Parliament of Nauru has fully endorsed the Leadership Code Bill Report for Nauru Parliament's Select Committee, with the Bill to be introduced in the House at its next sitting in June.
Since July 2015, the Parliament of Nauru has worked with the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project to undertake community consultation and host workshops on Anti-Corruption and Leadership Code best practices with the Leadership Code Select Parliamentary Committee, Ministers, Speaker and the President, as well as 32 local community “integrity champions” who aimed to canvas the views of every household on the island, as the unicameral Parliament built its Leadership Code from the grassroots.
“The Committee of the Leadership Code tabled the report and it was fully supported by all Members. This report was designed by the people through a number of household consultations by our voluntary champions,” said the Chair of the Select Committee, Hon. Russ J. Kun.
“Now the Government has embraced this report and promised to burn the midnight oil for a Bill to come out of the report on the last sitting next month.”
During the household consultation, issues that were addressed in the Code Report include gift-giving, definition of a leader, assets registry, freedom of information, penalties, and having a system of external oversight.
“Nauru is making sure Parliamentarians and the community are fully involved in implementing and reviewing Nauru’s commitment to the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which it signed in 2012 by developing a best practice Leadership Code,” said UN-PRAC Anti-Corruption Consultant John Hyde.
The Committee also expressed strong support for the enactment of legislation pertaining to freedom of information and a rigorous post-enactment education campaign.
The Australian Government is supporting the UN-PRAC Project, a four-year US $4.3m project in the 15 Pacific nations being implemented by UNODC-UNDP.
Emily Moli, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: (679) 3227 504; mobile: (679) 719 1112